Sunday, 23 July 2017

Jingle Bells for the Christmas Card Club!

Good Morning to You,  I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying the day so far. I woke up to a harr and drizzly rain and it's gotten steadily worse, good job I wasn't intending to go out anywhere.

Time for the Christmas Card Club girls to show their creations once again. I really don't know why the time speeds by so fast, it seems only a few days ago I posted the previous cards for the challenge. Anyway, Margaret has chosen the theme this time around and she would like to see cards with bells on, here are mine, I got really carried away by this one;
Now I just happened to be given this love sentiment die by my lovely friend Mrs. Duck, so it was just perfect for this card. The bell dies are Tattered Lace.
All Hunkydory for this card, pleased to be able to use up some of this stash I've had since years ago.
I quite often buy Creative Stamping Magazine, especially the Christmas issues as their stamps are brilliant and both the bells and the sentiment are from one of those mags. Coloured  with a mixture of DI and Starlight Paints. Wonderful Pixie Powders  as a background and embossed bells on the card blank, a few Liquid Pearls to finish.

Last but not least
These stamps are also from another stamp set from another Christmas issue of Creative Magazine, and I decided to just heat emboss on to the black card blank with WOW Silver embossing powder and add some silver dots, very simple but I thought it was very effective.

Well Margaret, you can see I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge, so thank you so much for choosing Christmas Bells.

Thank you all so much for your comments on my last card, I do appreciate them.

I'm off to make some soup, it's that kind of day, dark and miserable, oh well at least it is a day, have a good one yourselves and see you soon,






Friday, 21 July 2017

Floral card and Bunnies!

Hello Everyone and lovely to be back after little break away. We had a lovely time with our friends and at the jazz concerts and now we need a rest.  It's lovely to be away, but always brilliant to be back home, especially as I missed my lovely furry boy.

I hope you are all well, but a if not sending you kind thoughts and  gentle hugs.
Thank you one and all for all the lovely comments on my last card, you are so kind. I've not managed around everyone's blogs, but I have seen some wonderful creations on my reading list, so please forgive if I've not been able to keep up with you.

Whilst I was away I found a fabulous craft shop in Edinburgh, Stamper's Grove, a veritable Aladdin's cave, stacked from floor to ceiling with fabulous crafting products, so I bought rather a lot, but I was after the Crazy Cats and Dogs from Tim Holtz which they stocked, so I'm a happy bunny.

My card is not created with anything new, but another of the LOTV beautiful floral images;
I coloured the image with metallic watercolours from Kuretaki, and cut it out with a SB floral die.
Do you know for the life of me I can't remember  the type of flower this is.  Sorry the photo is a bit fuzzy.

Just before I go I wanted to show these furry chaps, and this is for you Cara,

These are rather huge bunnies, all three happily nibbling away on the grass. We visited a Natural Heritage centre and there was a petting zoo and I just fell in love with these guys. It's hard to see from the photos but they are really large.

Anyway, that's me done for now, I hope you all have a good weekend, I'm catching up on the washing and ironing, take care and see you soon,


Friday, 14 July 2017

Fressias

Hello Everyone, I hope all is good with you, it is Friday after all and almost the weekend.
I know that some of you are struggling a bit just now, so sending out kind and healing thoughts to you and I hope that life gets easier for you soon.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card and the commiserations regarding my needle.. well it's not turned up and I've had to order another set and was hoping they would arrive before we go off to our friends in Livingston which we are about to do after lunch time.  I wanted to take this particular knitting project with me in the hope that I would get the socks finished whilst away.

We are off to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and so looking forward to not only that but visiting with Dale and Stewart as we haven't seen them in such a long while so there will be loads to catch up with.

My card today is a beautiful Freesia image drawn by Jane from Tidy Gardens, unfortunately Jane no longer has these digital images, I am lucky enough to have a few of them.

I've used one of the new Crafters Companion 3D embossing folders and and coloured it a bit with DI. The blooms themselves are coloured with SN Colourblend pencils and some Sparkle Pen. A wee bit matting and layering and job done.

Now as we will be away, I will be sporadic with my commenting,  but I will try and get to visit when I can.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you're doing and see you when I get back,
I would like to enter  this card into http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/the-flower-challenge-10-embossing.html

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sunflowers!

Good Evening Crafting Friends and Visitors, I hope you are having a lovely evening whatever you'er doing.  I seem to have lost one of my sock needles, most annoying as I don't have a spare, it's gone in to that black hole that hides in my house. These socks are for a friend and they appear to be fated as I've had to take almost a whole sock back as it looked as it would have been too large. Grrrrrr!! Not the end of the world though, just a sock delay.

thank you all so much for your lovely comments I do appreciate every one of them and your time in visiting my blog.

I have a little floral card for you;
Sorry the photo  seems to be a bit fuzzy. One of the lovely LOTV floral images coloured with watercolours and cut out with an Xcut die. I've added DI to the background. Paper is from a Sara Davis beautiful Autumn pad. CB sentiment, WO sunflowers and Tattered Lace Ivy die, SN Sparkle Pen, Pearls and a Dazzler.

That's me for now, off to have a good search for my needle, take care everyone and see you all soon,


Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Christmas/Snowy Scene for the CCC!

Well here we are once again and I nearly missed it... what you might ask, it's time for another Christmas Card Club post.  It's a fortnightly challenge by a bunch of us Gals wanting to get ahead with our cards for Christmas instead of the usual rush at the last minute. We each choose the themes, and although some of them can be quite challenging we always manage to create something.

If you would like to join us, please get in touch with any of us and we will point you in the direction of Margaret, know as Duchess, who will give you the information needed.

So Hello to Everyone, I hope you are well this fine Sunday. AS I mentioned I almost missed this post , the time has past so quickly, and if I hadn't been checking the date of a chicken when shopping this morning, I wouldn't have realised that it is indeed the 9th of July. Good thing I'm a wee bit ahead of my card making and had these ready.

Our theme this time around has been chosen by Shaz and she would like to see cards depicting, Christmas/Snowy Scene, here are mine;
A Hunkydory image and sentiment and some stamped and embossed branches around the card base, absolutely loads of glitter.
Now a fabulous Art Stamp from Imagination Crafts, embossed with white powder and as you can see it's just all black and white, which I quite like as a Christmas card. MB Frosty Border and corner and a freebie sentiment.
I just love this wonderful Hobby Art image that I'd purchased last year, and love using, wish I could remember who I sent last year's card to though, hope I don't send it to the same person this year.
Watercoloured and lots of sparkle. The background is a brilliant Crackle stamp from Crafty Individuals and it's embossed with Wow Silver Power. MB Frosty Border.

I loved making these Shaz, I do love a good Snowy Scene, and it allowed me to use some of the Hunkydory stash that I've had since Moses left Partick, so thank you for the challenge.

That's me for today, except to say thank you all for you lovely comments on my Butterfly Frame, and for your hints and tips regarding cutting dies, all very helpful.

Till next time, take care and have a lovely Sunday,




Friday, 7 July 2017

Butterfly Frame!

Good Morning Crafting Friends and Visitors, I hope you are , but sending kind thoughts to those of you who are struggling just now, and I know there are a few of you.

Well, it's an awfully wet day, fine smirry rain and dull, I think a day for indoors and a bit of crafting. I don't have the pups to mind as Damian is working from home, so I think we will have a little lunch out as a wee treat.

Second episode of Outlander last night, and the latest comment from Alistair, after having promised to keep quiet..., was.. they're not speaking Gaelic, if this is meant to be Inverness everyone would speak that. I went on to explain that, if that was the case only Gaelic speaking people would understand the dialogue and everyone else would would need subtitles.   I further explained that Jamie does use Gaelic when speaking endearments.  However, Alistair was so pleased when indeed  there was a scene where Gaelic was spoken.  He turned to me as asked, what are they saying. Honestly, I am sure he does it to wind me up. Neither he nor myself speak that language, though I would love to, and I think Alistair knows only swear words.  

Anyway, enough of all this, here is my project for today, it's a little frame and the inspiration is taken from the very talented Marianne Fisher  who creates the most beautiful little projects, along with wonderful cards and you can find Marianne's blog; here do pop in for a visit , you'll not be disppointed.

Frame from and fabric from Hobbycraft, Sizzix butterfly dies, little ones are Xcut and a beautiful crochet one from my stash. Starlight Paints for the butterflies and also the vine which is an Imagination Crafts stencil. I also cut the butterflies out with acetate, gosh that was a chore, and then added Sparkle Medium. That is unfortunately not showing up, finally some sequins.  This is for a gift, so wanted it to be good.

It's good to try something different, and I'm begining to like mixed media more and more, although, some of what I'm trying to do is really trial and error, for example I found it very difficult to cut out acetate and the main butterflies dies were meant to be cut out of the lovely fabric that I'd bought. I don't know if my die cutting machine is the problem, it's a Big Shot and had it a while, but I love it, but maybe the rollers become a bit loose over time.
  I've been looking at the Gemini and wondering if I should invest, but it's very expensive and I have to question if I would get a lot of use from it as I'm not really a die person, and although I do have EFs I don't use them all that often. 
  
 Before I go, just wanted to thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, you are all so very  kind.

Have a lovely day doing whatever you do and see you all soon,
 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Another Breath of Spring!

Hello Everyone, how's your day been, good I hope.  I know some of you have sadness in your life just now, so sending kind thoughts out to you and hope life begins to get kinder to you.

Well the start on another week, and month, are they not just speeding ahead, I just want to put the breaks on.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last card, they are much appreciated.

We got our bedroom all painted and put back together again, thankfully with the help of Damian as we were whacked, we are so lucky that he live a few minutes from us and he had things in place in no time. It looks all lovely and fresh, and our Teallach has settled back down, poor wee guy was freaked out by it all.

Did anyone watch Outlander?  I sold it to Alistair saying the scenery was fantastic, which of course it is.  Now Alistair knows Scotland like the back of his hand, especially the Highlands having walked and climbed all over them.  I couldn't get him to shut up about the locations, it went something like this.... there's no Standing Stones near Culloden!.. that's a scene in Glencoe, they're supposed to be just above Inverness, the two places are not near one another.... on and on this commentary  kept going. It drove me mad, I commented that the Locations Manager unfortunately didn't consult him before the shooting of the film and that they don't take in to account know it alls who continually look for mistakes and can't use their imagination. He does the same with The Loch which is a drama that takes place around Loch Ness.  I'm watching it on my own next week.  Anyhow if you did watch it I hope you enjoyed it.

Here is my card for today;
Just for a change.. Chocolate Baroque from the Breath of Spring set of stamps, heat embossed and Derwent Coloursoft Pencils on a DI background.  I made this ages ago and just getting around now to posting it.

That's me for now, have a good evening and see you soon,
I would like to enter this card into:http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/july-anything-with-flowers.html

Saturday, 1 July 2017

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!

Hello Everyone and welcome to my blog,  it's always good to see you and a warm welcome to Mia, who is my latest Follower, I hope you visit often Mia and thank you for choosing to click the follow button.

Well we are up to our eyes in decorating the bedroom, I've been sent out of the way as it seems I was getting in the way.  It's always such a big deal as we have a very small house, in fact it's a glorified hen hutch... even some of them are bigger, so trying to clear the room of furniture is awful as there is really nowhere to put it.  I can't even get into the toilet as it's jammed packed with chests of drawers. Alistair thought he had left enough room for me to squeeze through, ha ha!! no way can I get through the space.  
As we have had to bring stuff downstairs, Teallach is freaking out and can't get to his hidy hole, and at the moment is sitting on top of the mattress which is on it's end.  Damian help Alistair to move the heavy things this  morning and will come back to help put the room back together when the painting is done, which will only take a couple of hours, that's not the hard part.  Do you ever wish you hadn't started something.   We won't be doing it again.

Anyway, enough of that. Here is my card for sharing today;
This is my first usage of the new Oxide Inks, which I've make my background with. I like them, and find them easy to blend. The image is the lovely cottage scene from Crafty Individuals, and lots of sparkle. Inkylicious deer and I've doodled a silver border around the background with Sakura Pen.
It's turned out alright I think.  

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my previous card, love to read what you say.

I hope you all have a good weekend with some good weather, it's not brilliant up here, but what can you do.

Take care of yourselves and see you soon,

I would like to enter my card into https://scrapsoflifebyscrappymo.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/june-rudolph-days-challenge.html



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Spring Fairy Plaque!

Hello to You All, I hope you are enjoying your day and that your weather is better than ours. I had to put socks on SOCKS!! it's almost the end of June, what's the weather playing at??? It's been dull too more like April  really.

Thank you for your visits and comments on my cards, you are all so kind and I do appreciate the time it takes going from blog to blog.

I've got an evening to myself as hubby is away to his little music group, so I'm going to indulge myself by watching Versailles on the iPlayer, it's the last one and I'm missing it already.
 However Outlander will be starting on channel 4more on Thursday, for those who like costume dramas, history and a gorgeous leading man gadding about in 17th century kilts. This is based on Diana Gabbledon's books which I read years ago, and she even came to Inverness to do a reading and it was a great night of questions about her books. Of course, much of the story in the first book takes place in and around Inverness at the time of the Battle of Culloden.... and I live just down the road from the battlefield, which is a favourite walk for us. We never see the ghosts of the defeated Highlanders though. Now I've already watched this series on Amazon Prime and can thoroughly recommend viewing.

Here is my project for today;

Another Fairy plaque using images from the Summer Fairy set of stamps,  from Chocolate Baroque, but I've used the Spring stamp from Breath of Spring set. The butterfly flourish is also CB. Imagination Crafts beautiful vine stencilled through with Starlight Paints which I've also used to paint the background on the MDF butterfly.
So I've only the very large and the smallest butterflies to decorate now, I've enjoyed doing them and these two are hanging in our bedroom.

Here are a couple of photos from Outlander, just to whet your appetite;


Jamie is just as good in breechies as a kilt.

That's me for tonight, take care and see you soon,



Sunday, 25 June 2017

White Christmas for CCC!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I know there are a few of my lovely crafting friends struggling just now, so I just want to let you know that I am thinking of you and sending out kind thoughts that your pain will ease. 

Well, that's two weeks gone already, just whizzes by doesn't it.. and it's time once again for the Christmas Card Club ladies to show there Christmas cards. This time around it's our lovely Lorraine who is hosting the theme and she would like to see "White Christmas", here are mine.


 I decided to go with white on white for the challenge, and I've used I think what is a Sheena Douglass embossing folder on this first card and a Chloe Christmas Rose stamp, heat embossed on to acetate with WOW EP, the flourishes are also from Chloe. The sentiment is from Creative Stamping Magazine and I've added a crystal dazzler to the flower.
This card has once again an embossing folder which I think is by Sara Davis, as are the Snowflake dies. Sentiment dies are from Die'sire and finishing off with some crystals.

I hope these will meet with Lorraine's approval, I did love making them and love the Chloe stamps which I've not used before even although I've had them a year or so.

Please make sure you visited the other CCC ladies to see what they create.

Thank you all so much for your comments on my Lotus Flower card, you are so kind.
Take care and see you soon,
 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lotus Flower!

Hello Everyone and how are You All today? I hope everyone is well, but sending kind thoughts to those of you who are not too good, and hopefully you will feel better soon.

Well our weather really did what it said it was going to do today, thunderstorms and down pouring rain. I was over with the pups and they were quite alarmed by the rumbling thunder, and the battering downpour, we were huddled up on the sofa together, now the sun is out, typical summer weather.
I hope you have had better weather wherever you are.

Thank you all so much for all the lovely comments on my last card, I appreciate everyone of them.

I've a card today that I made some time ago but never got around to posting it;
An Indigo Blue stamp and coloured with Inkintense Pencils from Derwent, a little shading over the background with DI. I think the Hello is a freebie and I've added Just Pearls in Copper.
Just a wee simple card, but quite effective.

That's me for now, off to get the Chilli made, a favourite of Alistair's, so I'll say cheerio for now and see you soon,
 


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Keep Climbing!

Hello to You All, I hope you are having  a good weekend with some good weather. We are a bit overcast, but it's warm, in fact it feels like it could be a bit thundery and there are dark clouds which herald rain.
I decided to treat Hubby to a nice lunch out and friends recommended Tiso, the outdoor shop as they had a lovely cafe, so that's what we did and it was lovely, and it gave Alistair an opportunity to look at bikes. He's decided he needs a new one, and right enough, the one he uses just for going short cycles was out of the dump years ago,and since then he has fitted new wheels, tyres, brakes, and I don't know what all else. So I certainly don't grudge him a new one. He is astounded at the price of them now, around £600 and upwards into the £1000s. Most of them come with disc brakes which for Alistair means that if they break he won't be able to mend it himself, so it seems these latest bikes cost a lot to maintain. However, my only input is that he never spends money on himself so just go for it if you want.  He could still be in a quandary this time next year, he takes his time in making up his mind.

Anyway, I want to thank you all on the lovely comments on my last cards, I always appreciated them and the time you take to visit me.

Here is what I have for you today;
Card made for Alistair's friend who like him is a climber, but unfortunately he is badly in need of a hip replacement but is terrified of the op, so Alistair wanted a wee card to give him a bit of encouragement.
Stamp by Our Daily Bread, the sentiment also, it's from a religious set of stamps with various  quotes from the bible, but this is a fab stamp for Willie. Kept a simple black and white colour theme. I hope it does the trick for him. They have been friends from school days and share their love of climbing from that earlier time when they decided there must be something better out there than the back courts of the Glasgow tenements and street corners, and they have climbed all over the world together.

The postie has just been and delivered some Oxide Inks, away to have a play with them now.
Enjoy your weekend and see you soon,






Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Discovery!

Hello Everyone, I hope you've a a good day whatever you've been doing. 

Thank you all so much for the lovely birthday wishes, and I did have a lovely day, a quiet one but nothing wrong with that. In the afternoon I was with Milo and Rowan who gave me beautiful yellow roses... now how did they know that yellow is my favourite colour. Anyway, it's all over , but at least I can sit and admire the beautiful cards received from family and friends. A former work colleague phoned that I last saw about a year ago, and we had a lovely long chat, I was so surprised that she had remembered my birthday as I can't remember hers. 

Thanks also for the many lovely comments on my last card, you are all so kind.

I have a card to share tonight,
One of my new stamps from Crafty Individuals called Discovery, stamped in Nautical Blue from Momento Inks. background paper is also from Crafty Individuals, all beautiful nautical images.
The seagull is from CB and the ship's wheel and anchor are freebies from Creative Stamping Magazine. It's all stamped in blue with Silver Sakura pen for a but of sparkle. The sentiment is CB.

Just a card for my box, you never know  when you'll need a male card, having said that I wouldn't be put out to receive a nautical themed card, I love sailing ships and have been lucky to be one the real Discovery, Captain Scott's ship for going to the Antarctic... or is it the Arctic ... I never remember. Many years ago I go to go on the Victory, for those who might not know it was Admiral Nelson's Flag ship, now that was an amazing visit, and we were taken around by sailors dressed in the clothes of the day, very interesting.

So, that's all for the time being, keep well everyone and see you soon,


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Anything Goes CCC!

Hello to Everyone, how are you all today. well I hope but sending good wishes to those who are not doing so well just now and hopefully you will feel better soon.

Another two weeks have past very quickly I might add, and that means it's time for the CCC ladies to share their Christmas cards. Sylvie is our hostess this time around and she has chosen Anything Goes.
 So here are my cards for this challenge;

Both cards use stamps from Crafty Individuals, the tree is a new one and I so love trees so had to have it. DI making the sky and lots of Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium for the snow.


My second card is a wonderful image, left mainly in the black with just a splash of red as you can see, again lots of sparkle and the background is CE Pixie Powders in Fireburst.. First Edition sentiment die, a couple of black dazzlers and a bit of wobbly hand drawing around the edges.

I do like an Anything Goes, so thank you Sylvie for the challenge, I hope you like them.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post, I always love to read what you have to say, and appreciate the time you take to pop in.

Well it's been a momentous week and it's not over yet.... I guess the Fat Lady as they say hasn't finished singing, except she's not fat, but strong and stable like a Queen Anne Leg LOL.  That's enough of politics.
More momentousness tomorrow as I will be another year older, how did that happen?? Nothing special happening, but we did go to a marvellous concert last night and we will go for a spot of lunch later today. It's the Choral AGM tomorrow night and I will be at that.

It's raining here and quite dull, after all the lovely weather it's disappointing but it is what it is.

Have a lovely Sunday whatever you're doing, and see you soon,


Thursday, 8 June 2017

New Baby!

Hello Everyone, I do hope you are well and having a good day. We are dull and chilly here, so not so nice weather, but hey ho, that's Scottish weather for you. 

Another quick post today,sharing a card made for my BiL's new Grandson Harrison, Jim is is thrilled as the baby is his first Grandchild. I was hoping that when Alistair was down visiting Jim last week that he would be able to see him, but that didn't work out, anyway, here is the card and box;

I used a sweet LOTV Art Card, no longer available, and cut it out with a SB die shape, paper is  by  First Edition, it's a Boy, Memory Box and Xcut dies, WO flowers and pearls, lots of glitter. Paper on box is also by First Edition and a little bow.

It was lovely to make this, not something I really do much of as there are not many people in my circle of friends who are having babies.

I thought I would show you another couple of photos from our holiday of the amazing floral arrangements made for the Flowers Festival, these were for competitions;


There were so many wonderful displays , the creativity was amazing.

Well that's me for today,  off to do a bit of ironing, groan, groan.  Enjoy your evening and see you soon,

Monday, 5 June 2017

Fairy Butterfly Plaque!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well and had a good weekend.  I've had a quiet time with Teallach, but that will all change tonight when Alistair gets home. I think his visit to his brother has been a successful one and Jim is much better.

A wet day today, shame as I've got bedding I want out, but I doubt that will happen now. We had a real big thunderstorm over the weekend, quite spectacular really but glad I was indoors.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last card, you are all so kind, and I do appreciated each and every one of them.

Something a wee bit different today;
 I bought a set of these butterfly MDF shapes a few years ago when I first went to the Birmingham craft show and they have been in my cupboard unused, I thought it was time to change that.

I whited Gessoed the shape and then added DI before stamping with various CB stamps. As the stamps are silhouette I stamped them with Black Versafine and added clear embossing powder.
I've coloured the Fairy's wings with gel pens and added glitter to her. Sequins and flower gems finished the plaque off.
This is a close up .  I've not worked much with MDF and found that it was difficult to add the DI over the Gesso, anyway it's my second entry for the current challenge.
So, that is all for today, I'm now away to see Milo and Rowan, and no doubt we will all have a wee snooze as the afternoon goes on, it's a dull day that makes you tired.

Enjoy your day whatever your doing,
I would like to enter my project into http://chocolatebaroquechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/challenge-thirty-five-end-of-era.html